Passing gas. A natural way of life. We all do it, even us ladies. We have just had to deal with more situations where we try to hold it in, and it can possibly result in stomach ache. The dating days were the worst. Especially after a big delicious meal with lots of wine.....ugh, running to that bathroom, I am sure it was a little suspicious. But I am the type of girl that still likes people to think women don't fart. But that is just me, it embarrasses me. I have been with my husband now for 5 years and I can count how many times on two hands that it has slipped out. I am sure there are plenty of ladies that let it rip in front of their man and they have a good laugh, but I just can't do it.
However, I do remember driving home from a camping trip with one of my best friends and her husband and we were basically having a farting contest in the car. Every 3 minutes someone was rolling down the window of that hot box. So I applaud any girl that can just let it go and laugh. I have to admit that was pretty hilarious.
But I digress, I am going off on a tangent.
Farting cannot be completely stopped. It's not healthy to hold it in. In fact, if you do fart it shows your body is healthy. However, there can be times that you might find yourself passing gas more than usual, or in the most inopportune time. That first date, job interview, out with your girlfriends, etc.
Here are a few tips that can slow down your gas leak.
- Chew and sip your food slowly. The quicker you fill that pie hole, the more air that you will swallow with it, which can cause the gas and discomfort.
- Skip artificial sweeteners. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners like Xylitol and Sorbitol have doubled normal gas production by fueling the growth of bacteria in the large intestine
- You could be allergic to something in your diet and not even know it. Lactose intolerance and allergies to gluten could be a factor to your gas. Eliminate foods that you think might be contributing (dairy, gluten, etc) for a week and slowly add them back in and see if you can tell a difference.
- Drink Peppermint Tea. Menthol in peppermint tea has shown to soothe the digestive tract says the Mayo Clinic. However, if you suffer from heartburn it is best to avoid peppermint.
- Avoid these foods: Beans, broccoli, prunes and raisins and any high fiber food. They have been proven to promote gas.
- OTC. An over -the-counter product could help ease the breeze. Try Beano that neutralizes gas when you eat beans and other carbs. Lactaid and Lactrase help for gas caused from dairy when you might be lactose intolerant.
*****Note: If you are pregnant, just dis-regard this whole article. It is one of the many wonderful side-affects of making that baby!
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